DRUG & ALCOHOL ADDICTION
(12 Bed Inpatient Facility)
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|There are many addictive
drugs in circulation today. Addictive drugs differ from other drugs and
medications in that they go directly to the brain. Substances enter the
body and make their way to the brain through many routes. Once in the
brain drugs act upon the brain's 'reward system'. This is the area of
the brain that sends out 'feel good' chemicals known as endorphins.
brain releases endorphins in moments of pleasure, for instance during a
meal or during sex. When endorphins are released from drugs, it is
sending a message to the brain that it needs drugs to survive. The mind
becomes dependent on the 'feel good' sensation, and without that
sensation the brain becomes depressed.
Addiction is so dangerous because once the brain is dependent on drugs; the other activities that would normally release endorphins diminish. Most drugs cause loss of appetite, sleep deprivation and lack of sex drive. These changes in the brain are what cause addiction, and these changes can often be fatal.
Alcohol is often not considered a drug, this is largely due to it's wide use is social and religious situations. However, alcohol consumption in excess can become addictive. Alcohol releases endorphins in the brain. These are 'feel good' chemicals that the brain releases in order to reward the body. Once the body becomes accustom to the release of endorphins from alcohol, addiction sets in, and alcoholism occurs.
Drug addiction must be counteracted quickly. The longer one uses drugs the harder it is to stop. Drug and Alcohol programs such as, Universal Health Network, are the answer to breaking addiction. Our friendly staff understand your needs. To schedule an appointment with our staff please call at:
interview, call (559) 252-5150.
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